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Is 'Dota' No Longer The Highest Paying E-Sport?

Over P5 billion in cash prizes await budding pros of this new big money game
by Ash Mahinay | May 28, 2018
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We're used to rooting for Pinoy teams doing battle in Dota because of the huge paydays involved, but we might want to start setting up some new teams in a different game soon—that title being free-to-play battle royale shooter Fortnite.

On their website, the game's developer pledged that "in the 2018 - 2019 season, Epic Games will provide $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions." This season will be the first year of competitive gaming, making that a $100 million lifetime pot for Fortnite.

According to tracking site e-Sports Earnings, Dota 2, the current king of big money gaming has paid out over P140 million in prizes but that's the total amount over its entire existence as an e-Sport. With just a $40 million lead to catch up to, we're pretty confident that Fortnite will blow past that amount in the 2019-2020 season.


Why are we so confident? It's because reports estimate that Epic makes anywhere from $1 million per day to a wild $296 million in a single month. Not bad for a game that just came out in 2017. To put that into perspective versus Dota, its flagship tournament, The International 7, holds the current record prize pool for a single event and it's just $24.7 million. 

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There are no official numbers for how many players Fortnite has, but with it's impending release on Android—aside from already being available on iOS, PC, and consoles—we think there's still a whole lot more money to be made. So you better get as good as these guys quick:

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